Southwest Airlines Fun Summer Travel Tips

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Grab your swimsuit and surfboard and log on to, where you can make reservations for your summer travel.

Summer is almost here, and great deals on air fares, hotels, and rental car reservations are making a splash at Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)! Grab your swimsuit and surfboard and log on to, where you can make reservations for all three. But, before you go hangin' ten, here are a few travel tips to help make your summer travel, well, uh...groovy.

  • Chilling at the gate.

While maybe not as fun as chilling at the beach, if children are traveling alone, parents must arrive at the gate an hour before departure to check their child in; and parents should not leave until their child's plane has taken off.

  • "You have to wait 30 minutes after eating before you can go flying."

Just kidding. But now that we have your attention, it's a good idea to pack your favorite meal before jumping on a Southwest flight. The carrier offers complimentary soft drinks, juices, and light snacks on all flights; however, Southwest does not serve inflight meals.

  • Jimmy Buffet would be so disappointed...we don't serve margaritas.

Or milk. Southwest does not keep milk onboard our aircraft, so check your supply before leaving for the airport. Also, when traveling with children, make sure to bring plenty of books, games, and snacks to keep them entertained during the flight.

  • "Who's your Daddy?"

Nah...we don't really need to know this, but we do need to know who you are. It's necessary to carry photo identification and keep it handy at all times while traveling. Customers under the age of 18 are not required to carry photo identification, but parents should have proof of age for children under the age of two traveling as a lap child.    

  • You snooze, you lose.

You will enjoy a smoother travel experience if you get to the airport at least an hour ahead of your scheduled departure time. Check Southwest's web site,, for updated travel information and suggested airport arrival times during peak travel periods. Allow even more time to find a parking space.

  • Don't be a bin hog, dude.

We suggest Customers only pack valuables, medications, eyeglasses, and other essential items in carryon luggage. Customers are permitted to carry one bag, plus a smaller, personal item onboard. All carryon baggage must fit in a sizing box (16"x 10"x 24") and must be stowed in overhead bins or below the seat in front of the Customer. Your fellow travelers will thank you.

  • "No Swimming at 30,000 feet!"

You will learn this important tip and many others in our preflight safety announcement. In all seriousness (yes, we can be serious), safety comes first at Southwest Airlines. Be sure to take a moment to familiarize yourself with all emergency procedures.

  • Spend your time surfin' the waves, not the net.

Each Tuesday, Southwest Airlines announces its Click 'n Save(R) Internet Specials - amazing low fares and offers available only on Southwest Airlines' web sites - and SWABIZ. If you would like to be notified about our weekly Click 'n Save Internet Specials, we offer a free subscription to Click 'n Save E-mail Updates, which are delivered every Tuesday. Also, be sure to check out Southwest's new online product, DING!, which allows Customers to download a shortcut to low fares right onto their computer desktop.

  • Something to pop a wheelie about!

Southwest Airlines will now check your bicycle for free. That's long as the bicycle is packed in a hard-sided bicycle case and falls within the dimensions and weight limits for normal checked baggage, we will accept it as one of the three pieces of checked luggage Southwest allows for free per Customer.

Contact: media, Public Relations, +1-214-792-4847, or Customers, +1-800-I-FLY-SWA, or +1-800-435-9792, or en Espanol, +1-800-VAMONOS, or +1-800-826-6667, all of Southwest Airlines


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